Alabama House of Representatives

Alabama House Approves Curbside Voting Ban

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a ban on curbside voting. Legislators voted 74-25 for the bill that now moves to the Alabama Senate. Supporters of the bill said it is needed to protect election integrity. Opponents argued the state is cutting off an avenue that might make it easier for elderly and disabled people to vote. The legislation…

Alabama House Votes To End Yoga Ban, But don’t Say ‘Namaste’

A decades-old ban on yoga in Alabama public schools could be coming to an end. The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday voted 73-25 to approve a bill that would authorize school systems to decide if they want yoga to be allowed in K-12 schools. The bill by Democratic Rep. Jeremy Gray specifies that the use of chanting, mantras and…

Alabama House Approves ‘Aniah’s Law’ Named for Slain Teen

  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has approved bills to give judges more discretion to deny bail for people accused of violent crimes. Representatives on Tuesday approved two bills to in favor of creating Aniah’s Law, a proposal named after 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard. Blanchard was killed after being abducted from an Auburn gas station. At the…

Former Longtime Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes Dies at 81

  Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery,  March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Former Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery has died at the age of 81. Holmes had been the longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives before his defeat in 2018. State House of Representatives spokesman Clay Redden confirmed Holmes’ death today.  Holmes was one of the first…

State Rep. Ronald Johnson, Longest Continuously Serving Member of the House, Dies at 76

State Rep. Ronald Johnson, (R-Sylacauga), the Dean of the Alabama House of Representatives, died this afternoon of complications from liver cancer.  He was 76. Johnson held the District 33 seat that includes portions of Clay, Coosa and Talladega counties for more than 40 years, making him the longest continuously serving member of the House. “Ron Johnson was one of the most…

Some House Democrats Skip Session Return

Lawmakers returned to the State House Monday for the shortened session. And there there were some empty seats. Members of the Alabama Democratic Caucus say they’re choosing to focus on the needs and challenges of their own districts instead of returning to the legislature. Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels says the Alabama Democratic Caucus has more questions than answers,…

Alabama House Votes to Limit Cities’ Ability to Start Occupational Taxes

A proposal in the Alabama Legislature would prohibit cities from enacting new occupational taxes without approval of lawmakers. The House of Representatives voted 74-27 Tuesday to approve the bill that now moves to the Alabama Senate. The measure comes as the city of Montgomery explores the possibility of creating a 1% occupational tax. The bill by Republican Rep. Chris Sells…

Charlotte Meadows and Michael Fritz to Face Off in Runoff

The House District 74 seat is another step closer to being filled.  Candidates Michael Fritz and Charlotte Meadows will now face off in a runoff. The winner of the run-off will face Democrat Rayford Mack for the vacant seat,  Charlotte Meadows is the co-chair of Montgomery’s first charter school and Michael Fritz is a bankruptcy lawyer.  Alabama News Network spoke…

Sen. Vivian Figures Introduces Bill to Repeal Alabama’s New Abortion Law

Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) has introduced a bill in the Alabama Senate to repeal the state’s extreme abortion ban. “There are consequences for every decision we make as legislators, and for every vote we cast there are ramifications,” Sen. Figures said. “However, some of these effects are unintended and I truly believe this has been the case for SB314….